Will Record of Zebulun Baker
In the Name of God, Amen.
I Zebulun Baker, of Pownalborough, in the County of Lincoln and State of the Massachusetts-Bay, in New-England, Mariner, being of sound disposing Mind & Memory, and also, in good Health of Body ; but mind ful of my Frailty and Mortality, do make & publish this my Last Will & Testament, in manner and Form following. Viz :
In the first Place, I commend my Soul to the mercy of God, my Savior Whenever It shall be separated from my Body, which I commit to the Earth or Sea, as shall seem best to a Wise & Good Providence to dispose of the same ; And as for such worldly Estate It hath pleased God to bestow upon Me, I give to each of my beloved Children, five pounds thereof, Viz : to my Son Thomas Baker five pounds & no more, to my Son Zebulun Baker, five pounds & no more, and to my Son George Baker, five pounds & no more : All the rest of my Estate I give to my good & well-beloved Wife, Susanna Baker, Viz : All such Wages, Debts, and Sums of Money, as are now or may hereafter be due or owing to me by or from any person or persons whatsoever, together with all such Share or Shares of prizes or prize-money that I may have a legal claim to ; and also all my Goods & Chattels, and whatever Estate I may die possessed of, or be any Ways interested in, (as well Real Estate as Personal Estate,) at the Time of my Decease, whereever such Estate may be found, or I may have a Title to in Reversion, I hereby freely give and bequeath, all & every part of the same to my said Wife Susanna and to her Heirs and assigns, to and for Her & Their sole Use & Benefit for Ever ; And I do constitute & appoint Her, the said Susanna Baker my beloved Wife, Sole Executrix of this my last Will & Testament ; hereby absolutely revoking any Will or Wills, heretofore by me made.
In Witness whereof, I the said Zebulun Baker, have hereunto, as to my Last Will and Testament, set my Hand & Seal this eighteenth Day of August In the Year of OUR LORD, One Thousand, Seven Hundred & Seventy Eight.
Zebulon Baker (seal)
Signed, Sealed, Published and
Declared, by the said Testator,
as & for his Last Will & Testament,
in Presence of Us, who in his Presence,
and at his request, signed our Names, as
Witnesses to the Same.
Probated 4 Oct., 1786. [III, 143.]
Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 153, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.
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